UPDATE: on 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared a coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since then, more than five million people have contracted the virus, worldwide, resulting in more than 335,000 deaths.

But the coronavirus pandemic is not only a health crisis, it’s an economic crisis and food crisis, too. As local economies are locked down, day labourers lose the income they need to support and feed their families. And famine becomes increasingly likely.

Baptist World Aid is working with our partners across the world to help the most vulnerable populations (including Rohingya and Syrian refugees) to survive this pandemic and overcome its effects.

Some of the world’s poorest communities live in the most disaster-prone areas. Poverty makes these families more vulnerable to disasters because they can’t protect themselves. And, after a disaster, they lack the resources to respond and rebuild effectively. It’s a vicious cycle.

And now, in this time of global pandemic, these families have become more vulnerable still. Because how can you stay safe at home when your only shelter is a flimsy tarpaulin? And how can you wash your hands when you haven’t got soap or clean water?

Your gift to the Disaster Action Fund now… means an urgent and effective response when disasters like the coronavirus pandemic strike in the future.

And because the destruction caused by any disaster (but especially this one) halts development in communities for years at a time, your generosity will also help to rebuild communities after the initial emergency response. And prepares at-risk families to survive future disasters, too.

Even the most conservative estimates suggest that $1 invested to help families prepare for disaster, saves up to $15 in response and recovery after disaster hits.

Help us act urgently and steward wisely.

Give a monthly donation to the Disaster Action Fund today and start saving lives before, during, and after disasters like this coronavirus pandemic.

*Updated 26th May 2020.

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